Excerpt: It seems a terrible shame that following the recent announcement that Free Radical will effectively be no more, their legacy as one of the best and most loved independent British development studios will be forever tainted by the mediocrity of Haze . It’s beguiling to think how the developers have gone from creating such titles like the excellent TimeSplitters series and the underrated Second Sight to this, which is arguably the most disappointing high-profile big budget...
Excerpt: Some games rise to the occasion, managing to ride the wave of hype into gaming history, but others crumble. Haze, from TimeSplitters developer Free Radical, feels like a game crushed under the weight of expectation, a game that appears to have been frozen in time from four years ago. As solid as certain parts of the game are, no amount of nectar coursing through your veins will disguise the ugly truth that Haze is one of the most disappointing releases of the year.
Excerpt: Sound is one of Haze 's few stand-out elements. Even though most of the dialogue is poorly written and overly repetitious, the voicework isn't all that bad. I mean, if you're going to make every soldier in the game sound like an amped-up frat boy, you might as well have a bunch of guys who can yell loudly - right? Gunfire, explosions and most of the other sound effects are really good and have just the right amount of impact.
Weak shooter with performance-enhancing drug theme
Common Sense Media
7 November 2008
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a very violent first-person shooter. Players kill enemies using guns, grenades, and other weaponry. The action is also quite bloody. The single-player plot is filled with crude language. Drug use is a core element to the game, although players cannot view characters "using" the drugs via injection or other form of intake into their body.
Excerpt: Timing’s a funny thing in gaming world. Sometimes there’s a near mystical convergence of time, quality and luck that leads to the release of a game that marks a new console with particular levels of quality and brilliance. The PS3 has been out for some time now and has been waiting on the landmark release that would make it a must-have. Haze was meant to be that game, but sadly, it isn’t.
Excerpt: If you follow the gaming industry at all, there is no doubt that you’ve already heard about Haze. The PS3 exclusive first person shooter was supposed to be the game that would unseat Halo and pound the final nails into the Xbox 360’s coffin (or, incidentally, the 360’s “coffin;” the box Microsoft sends out to consumers when the system falls victim to the dreaded Red Rings of Death).